Professors elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
Two University of Edinburgh academics have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.
Professors Keith Matthews and Andrew Jackson are among 52 scientists who have been announced as new Fellows of the Royal Society.
The Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth.
Keith is currently Professor of Parasite Biology and Dean of Bioscience Partnerships at the University.
His studies on the lifecycle of trypanosome parasites have led to significant advances in understanding disease severity and spread in Sub-Saharan Africa.
I am humbled to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. As always in science, our research reflects a team effort and I am delighted to acknowledge the fantastic contributions and collaborative spirit of my present and past lab members.
Andrew is Professor of Human Genetics at the University’s MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine.
He is currently leading a research programme focusing on the identification of new genes for inherited neurological disorders.
“I am delighted and greatly honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. This would not have been possible without the support of my lab and the encouragement of many Edinburgh colleagues that have helped my science flourish so much at the Human Genetics Unit over the last 15 years.
The Royal Society
The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship which recognises, promotes, and supports excellence in science, and encourages the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
It is made up of approximately 1,600 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 70 Nobel Laureates.
Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 800 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.